How To Increase Blog Traffic To A New Blog

Does the question “How to increase blog traffic to my new blog” pose more questions that it does solutions?  Do you have a new blog and have feelings of being overwhelmed?  If you are feeling like this, don’t despair because you are not alone.  You are not the first and you will certainly not be the last blogger who has questioned whether you will ever see traffic on your site.

Starting a blog is exciting and you may have a lot of energy to pour into it.  However you may have found that the energy you once had is starting to disappear as you struggle to maintain momentum.  It is very common for bloggers to give up because they are not seeing the traffic that they are expecting.

It does however take time to build a blog and hard work to get that traffic coming your way.  I’m going to be honest here, blogging is NOT easy. If you are in this for quick bucks, then it might be the wrong avenue for you.  There are a lot of twists and turns that you will need to take in order to reach your goal.

How to increase blog traffic

However, once you know how to increase blog traffic, you will notice that the wheel will start turning the momentum you are looking for will return.   

How to increase blog traffic with 6 easy tips

1. Call in favors

Start with who you know!  Do you have any blogging friends that might be happy to share your new blog to the world?  Or if not, do you have friends on Facebook that would be happy to share?  Any word of mouth that you can receive, the better chance you have of reaching a wider audience and getting your name out there.  

Once you have set up a Facebook page for your blog, invite all your friends to ‘like’ it.  That will give you initial followers to your page and their interaction will mean that other people will start to see your posts in their news feeds.

At the end of the day, your friends can only say no, so you have lost nothing by asking!  Stop questioning how to increase blog traffic from people you don’t know and first of all think about the people you do know!

2. Use social media

If you want to know how to increase blog traffic, you need to know how to use social media!  Your accounts should all be set up, so start using them!  Remember the saying, social media = being social!  If you want to be a blogger that hides on the internet, you will not do very well.

You have to be seen to be everywhere, I can not emphasize that enough!

You should be posting your new blog posts to your accounts, and in turn this will bring new traffic to.  The Google search engines are certainly not going to find a brand new blog easily, so you are going to rely on  your social media efforts in the beginning.

Make sure you have bookmarklets on your blog to enable easy sharing of your post.  The bookmarklets are the icons that you see on blogs, and you can position them as you please.  You may find them at the beginning, end or to the side of posts and you will soon work out what position works best for your site.

If people have to copy and paste your blog link and open up their social media profiles, let me tell you now….they won’t do it!  If you make it easy for them to share you work, then people will do so.  Make it so that it requires even the slightest bit of effort from your readers and you might as well forget about it.  It’s as simple as that!

Why not try out the bookmarklets on this post, and it will give you an idea of how they work!!

3. Participate online

You want to know how to increase blog traffic?  You need to engage and participate!!

You have set up your social profiles, your sharing your content and you are writing content on your blog regularly.  However are you participating in the online world?  By that I mean, are you undertaking in blog commenting on other blogs in your niche? Are you part of Facebook groups and Google + Communities in your niche?  Are you connecting with other bloggers in your niche? If you are serious about knowing how to increase blog traffic, then you must be serious about participating online.

I will say it again and hopefully it sinks in.  You have to BE SEEN TO BE EVERYWHERE, and that will take time and hard work on your part.  Are you ready to undertake the challenge or are you going to crawl into a corner and hope the world finds your blog?  I hope it’s not the latter!

4. Paid Advertising

If you want to get the ball rolling, you may consider using some paid ad’s.  There are a few options available so check out which one is more suitable for your site.  You may like to consider a Google Adwords or Facebook campaign.  Spend some time researching what type of paid advertising is going to work well for you, because there is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach.

5. Write some off page content

Have you considered writing content that does not get posted to your blog?  Undertaking guest posting and press releases are a great way to widen your audience and bring new readership.  In these articles you can include a link back to your blog.  It will also help search engines notice you because other pages are now linking to you.  It may seem like a huge task undertaking more writing when you have so much to do on your own blog, but it will certainly help speed up the process of obtaining traffic.

6. Keep posting

The more you post, the more you will get noticed.  It’s a pretty simple formula.  If you are only posting on your blog once a week, then your social media presence, SEO campaign and building yourself as an authority in your niche is all going to be slower.

You need to be SEEN to be working on your blog, and the more you do this, the quicker you will notice traffic arrives.

Don’t however make the mistake of starting a posting regime that you can’t keep up.  It is better to be consistent than flood your blog with content, exhaust yourself and not be able to keep up with the pace you initially set.

Focus on steady and consistent posting and you will notice after time that your readership with grow with a return audience, subscribers and that traffic level that you have ultimately been striving for.

How to increase blog traffic

There are certainly many things to take into consideration when trying to increase traffic to a new blog and this literally skims the surface. Do you feel you need a bit more support?  If this is the case, check out the learn how to blog program where you can be guided through the process with one on one support.

There is always more to learn, so learn from others, implement the strategies into your own blog and watch the change!

Do you have any suggestions on how to increase blog traffic, especially to a new site?  Or is there something that you are particularly struggling with?  Please share your thoughts with us below.


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Catherine Holt is the founder of Blogging Tips 101. She has been an internet marketer since 2012. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Google and Pinterest.

14 Responses to “How To Increase Blog Traffic To A New Blog”

written by David Oriol On 8 February 2014 Reply

forum posting will working pretty well also if you have a few hour per week to spear… I love your article by the way

written by Catherine Holt On 9 February 2014 Reply

Forums are a great way to build relationships with others and increase engagement. It does require time and commitment, but the benefits will definitely pay off in the long run. Thanks for stopping by David :-)

written by Karen Gough On 9 February 2014 Reply

I immediately implemented a couple of your suggestions, can’t believe I forgot about adding a facebook page!
Thank you Catherine :-)

written by Catherine Holt On 9 February 2014 Reply

Fantastic Karen. Keep a watch of your traffic statistics and see which new implementations are working well for you! Good to hear you have now added a Facebook page. Sometimes it is the basic things that we forget :-) Thanks for sharing :-)

written by Nanda Rahmanius On 10 February 2014 Reply

Hi Catherine,

I think, blog commenting is also a good way to increase traffic to the new blog. This way may be simple, but the result is incredible :)

Then, as you said, post articles regularly is also good for traffic growth.

This is a splendid article, Catherine.
Thanks for sharing this information.


written by Catherine Holt On 10 February 2014 Reply

Glad you found it useful Nanda. Blog commenting is great on so many levels. It helps interaction; establishing yourself as an authority in your niche; building relationships and of course traffic generation. Anyone serious about blogging should be participating in blog commenting. Thanks for stopping by.

written by Nanda Rahmanius On 11 February 2014 Reply

Yes, I have the same opinion with you. Blog commenting has a lot of benefits. If someone is serious about their blog, then blog commenting is a must. Thanks for the reply. Hoping you have a nice day. Regards

written by Catherine Holt On 11 February 2014 Reply

And I love the conversation that it brings :-)

written by Simon On 11 February 2014 Reply

Great tips, keep posting and they will come:)

written by Catherine Holt On 11 February 2014 Reply

Your right Simon…you need to be posting regularly for people to come to your site! If you don’t post, people will go elsewhere. Pretty simple really! Thanks for stopping by :-)

written by Bren On 11 February 2014 Reply

Great tips and reminders Catherine… off to do some commenting and social media!

written by Catherine Holt On 11 February 2014 Reply

Thanks Bren. How much is too much commenting and working on your social media connections? There is never too much…it will all be worthwhile! Have fun with it and thanks for your comment :-)

written by Geri Richmond On 13 February 2014 Reply

Hi Catherine,

I saw your comment on Steven’s blog and was curious about you.

I agree that blogging is hard work and I also agree that you should be careful of not being able to stick to your commitment as far as, the number of days you post.

I feel that a blog is much like a magazine. When you get used to some one posting five days a week and then all of a sudden they drop down to one day a week, it’s rather puzzling to the reader.

You make a lot of good points in your post. Thank you so much. :-)

written by Catherine Holt On 13 February 2014 Reply

Thanks Geri. Steven has a great blog, so I’m honored that you stopped by here too :-)

A magazine is a great way of describing a blog. They are very similar arn’t they! People love their favourite magazines and look forward to the new issue being released…there would certainly be a lot of unhappy customers if it didn’t happen! As bloggers we need to stick to our commitment too, and respect our readers!

Thanks for your comment.

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